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United Way Co-Chairs Invite Thanksgiving Pledges

November 18, 2015

The days leading up to Thanksgiving and the busy holiday season are a good time to remember neighbors in need with a gift to the Dartmouth United Way campaign, say co-chairs Gail Gentes and Rick Mills.

With just one month to go until the Dec. 15 close of the campaign, Dartmouth United Way has raised $151,460 toward the $295,000 goal. “Dartmouth United Way is halfway to this year’s goal,” Gentes says. “We hope that our faculty and staff who have not yet pledged take a moment during this busy time of year to think of our neighbors who may be struggling, and to offer a Thanksgiving gift by donating to the campaign.”

Mills says that a gift to the United Way provides help all year.

“Whether it is serving special holiday meals, helping winterize homes, or funding summer camp tuition, our Granite United Way agencies are providing critical support in the Upper Valley every day. This work supports children, seniors, and working families in our community with a hand up to success,” says Mills.

This year’s campaign, running from Oct. 15 to Dec. 15, is shorter than in past years. At the midpoint, the campaign is half-way to the fundraising target and 90 percent of the way to the goal of 100 new donors, says Gentes.

“We are hoping for a big finish to this year’s campaign,” says Gentes.


Dartmouth United Way Sets a Target of $295,000

October 14, 2015

The Dartmouth United Way campaign kicked off this week with a goal of raising $295,000 in two months.

“We hope that the Dec. 15 closing date for the campaign will create a sense of urgency for our donors and make for an active and energetic campaign,” United Way Co-Chair Gail Gentes told coordinators and volunteers gathered at the launch breakfast in the president’s house.

United Way coordinators in the College’s divisions and departments are the key to the campaign’s success, say Gentes and campaign Co-Chair Rick Mills. This year’s fundraising target, a $12,000 increase over last year, was set after reviewing targets estimated in each division, said Gentes.

“This will give our coordinators a specific goal for their people, and we hope it will generate a sense of excitement,” says Gentes.

Prudence Pease, coordinator for Granite United Way’s new Working Bridges program, spoke at the kickoff breakfast. The program is a partnership with six major Upper Valley employers to help low- to moderate-wage workers find resources to solve problems that may impair workplace productivity, including housing issues, finances, mental health crises, and transportation difficulties. The goal of the services is to retain employees and enhance workplace productivity.

Pease spoke about a single mother who asked for help, saying she needed to run away. The woman, a recently naturalized citizen, was receiving calls from a credit card collection agency telling her that if she did not pay off her debt, she would be jailed and her daughter put up for adoption. Working Bridges and the woman’s employer offered her access to a lower-interest short-term loan fund, which helped her solve her debt problem.

“We’re stopping crises before they escalate and result in unemployment,” Pease says.

Karen Mongeon, a Dartmouth United Way coordinator who works in the general counsel’s office, says she is inspired by the broad scope and reach of the United Way in the Upper Valley.

“I’ve seen the campaign develop and today it has a lot more behind it—more tools. But it has always been a great cause and I’ve always had a passion for it,” says Mongeon, a Dartmouth United Way volunteer for 30 years.

All Dartmouth employees received a United Way pledge packet in the last week. Donations can be made in a number of ways, including by going to the Dartmouth United Way website and clicking the “Donate Now” button.


The Big Green Athletics Raises $5,000 for Dartmouth United Way!

The Big Green home opener on Oct. 26 earned the football team a 2-0 record and provided an early boost for the 2015 Dartmouth United Way campaign. 

“I’m pleased to report that we had an excellent turnout for our United Way game on Saturday night, as our Big Green football team rolled over Sacred Heart 49-7,” says Bob Ceplikas ’78, deputy director of athletics. “This has enabled Dartmouth Athletics to make another $5,000 donation to Granite United Way to help kick off our campus campaign.”

At halftime, Harry Sheehy A’55, director of athletics and recreation, and Katie Kobe, director of development for Granite United Way presented Dartmouth game balls to United Way volunteer honorees, Kevin Kober of Ledyard National Bank and Dartmouth campaign volunteer Mimi Simpson, Tuck ’89, executive director in the Office of the President.

The team also debuted the new United Way video with Gail Gentes and Phil Hanlon on the stadium video board. Athletics plans to show United Way promotional videos during each home game this fall, says Ceplikas.

The 2015 Dartmouth United Way campaign kicks-off on Oct. 14, and Dartmouth faculty and staff will receive United Way giving forms soon after.


West Stands Renovation All Set for Big Green Home Opener

New West Stands

Fresh off a season premiere win at Georgetown last week, Dartmouth football returns to Hanover for Saturday’s home opener against Sacred Heart under the lights of the newly renovated Memorial Field.

Adding to the excitement of Big Green's No. 2 preseason ranking and high hopes for ending a nearly 20-year drought in the pursuit of the Ivy League crown, the team will honor Dartmouth faculty and staff with an employee appreciation ticket discount and tailgate party, and a chance to raise money for Upper Valley community programs. Athletics will donate a dollar from every adult ticket sold to the College's United Way campaign. Read more...


Granite United Way: Working Together, Improving Lives in the Upper Valley

Upper Valley residents know how to work together and make positive change happen in their community. Your United Way gift, of any size, can make a tremendous difference to our community.


Granite United Way Born at Dartmouth 41 Years Ago

The United Way has conducted a campaign at Dartmouth College since 1973. Dartmouth College and the UVUW share a long history.

The Upper Valley United Way traces its own beginnings to a special community meeting in November 1971. The Rev. John Mitman of Dartmouth's Tucker Foundation, and chairman of the Tri-Town Resource Exchange's Community Service Committee, presented the committee's findings of their study to determine the best vehicle for local service agencies "to communicate, co-operate, co-ordinate, plan and raise money together."

The committee proposed the establishment of a United Way, and the community vote was unanimously in favor. Since then, the Dartmouth College campaign has ranked as the largest employee campaign in the Upper Valley and is endorsed by the President's office and the entire administration of the college.

Last Updated: 11/24/15